SummitRun Board Game

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SKU: summitrun Carol Franks

SummitRUN Board Game - Get ready to race through dense rainforest, secret passages, dark tunnels and abandoned mines to reach the summit of a towering Mayan temple. To navigate this perilous route, you’ll need to be fearless, competitive and even cooperative.

Danger lurks at every move–obstacles to block your path, natural disasters to sweep you away. Think strategically as you plot your route to the summit. Remember that players only advanced toward the temple’s summit after successfully answering trivia questions about Latin America. Good luck!

Object of Game

Be first player to reach the summit of the temple.

How to Play

SummitRUN ingeniously combines lively and interesting trivia questions about Latin America with a fast-paced board game that demands strategic thinking, planning and daring.

SummitRUN Help Tokens

Help Tokens

Dominating the lively jungle scene is a grand Mayan temple. There are six challenging routes that lead to the temple’s summit. Scattered along each are Help tokens such as machetes and ropes that a player must possess in order to advance. These are earned only after a player correctly answers a trivia question.

Watch out for hurricane symbols on the board that trigger natural disasters such as earthquakes and landslides. If that weren’t enough, players receive a free Obstacle token, perhaps a jaguar or a poisonous snake, that can be used to halt a rival’s progress toward the summit.

SummitRUN Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters

SummitRUN Hurrican Symbol

Hurricane Symbol

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Before any player can enter the temple, all 10 pieces of the Temple Puzzle must be in place on the board. Players must work co-cooperatively to accomplish this. Puzzle pieces are earned when a player successfully answers a trivia question. When the temple puzzle is complete, the final push to the summit begins.

SummitRUN Puzzle

SummitRUN Puzzle

Game Contents

1 die

1 Game board

6 pawns
24 trivia sheets/216 cards / 864 questions
6 Obstacle tokens
24 Help tokens
10 Temple Puzzle pieces
6 Natural Disaster cards
English Rules
Spanish Rules (reglas en español)

Trivia Questions

    • over 800 trivia questions included in this game

    • fun but educational questions on Latin American

    • a wide range of topics from geography to art, from cuisine to pop culture.

  • questions in four skill-level:

Green Trivia Questions: Easy. Multiple choice. For middle school students. Written in English and Spanish.
Red Trivia Questions: Intermediate. Multiple choice. For junior high students. Written mostly in Spanish.
Blue Trivia Questions: Advanced. Some multiple-choice. For senior high school and college students and native speakers. Written entirely in Spanish.
Orange Bonus Questions: Difficult. Written in English for daring players and English-only players.

Kick Up the Excitement

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Bumping: After the game has been played a few times, more advanced classes can up the excitement by adding bumping which allows a player to send a difficult question over to a rival to answer. See the rules for more details.

Challenging: In this case, players can challenge the answer of a rival to win extra Help item or to forfeit Help items. See the rules for more details.

Shorter Versions of the Game

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The playtime of SummitRUN can be shortened by:

    • eliminating the temple puzzle. (In this version, the winner becomes the first player to enter the puzzle on an exact roll.)

    • ignoring the hurricane symbols on the board.

    • eliminating the obstacle tokens.

  • ignoring the Help icons on the board. (In this version, players would earn only a roll of the die for a correct trivia answer and could progress along any route without possessing any Help tokens.)